View Full Version : digestion q

08-03-2004, 01:40 PM
what changes in digestive process when you fall asleep?

08-03-2004, 03:00 PM
increased parasympathetic activity, decreased sympathetic. also there's alot of brain changes and hormones released, but that is for repair processes and energy saving reasons.

08-04-2004, 02:10 PM
so you do keep digesting then? do you digest slower than when awake?

08-04-2004, 08:57 PM
No, sympathetics slow down digestion, parasympathetics speed it up.

08-04-2004, 09:00 PM
When you sleep your metabolism slows due to less energy expenditure/requirements. Your body continues digestion of nutrients which is why you see everyone recommending a slow digesting protein right before bed to help limit your body from shifting into a catabolic state.

11-06-2004, 08:36 PM
wait so does it slow or not?

11-06-2004, 08:40 PM
i wouldn't say it slows exactly... but if you think about it... you dont use up too much energy laying down doing nothing compared to pretty much everything else...

11-06-2004, 09:17 PM
which in turn would make your stomach digest slower to make the food last longer? i'm confused. say drinking a whey protein shake digests over X minutes while awake and y minutes while sleeping, which time gives me aminos in my blood longer?

11-06-2004, 09:27 PM
cottage cheese..

11-07-2004, 04:49 PM
don't get it, was that a joke?

11-07-2004, 05:14 PM
You basically want slow digesting proteins before you sleep. CC, which has casein protein, a slow digesting protein source, is an ideal food for that situation.

11-07-2004, 08:07 PM
no, i totally understand that. my question is just that if it takes a certain amount of time to digest anything while awake, does it take longer to digest said item while sleeping? am i continuously wording this awkwardly? i don't know how much clearer i can make it